Shanghai Worries on New Shutdown as Millions Take Covid Test

People in Shanghai stood in line for COVID testing as new worries of a mass lockdown were stoked by the increase in cases.

The bulk of Shanghai’s 16 districts, in a report by CNN, was required to submit to two rounds of testing from Tuesday to Thursday after the city’s authorities learned of a case of the new BA.5.2.1 subvariant on July 8.

Authorities in China, the last major nation pursuing a strict zero-Covid strategy, viewed the quickly growing, highly contagious BA.5 strain as a serious concern.

Numerous Chinese towns, including the nation’s capital Beijing, the port city of Dalian in the northeast, and the central city of Xi’an, which was shut down for seven days due to the outbreak, have all reported new Omicron subvariants.

As a blistering heatwave sweeps the nation, the number of cases was rising, along with the limitations that go along with them. 

Authorities in Shanghai elevated the most severe red alert on Sunday as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

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